FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 17, 2017
Columbia, S.C. - Out of an abundance of caution, the swimming advisory for the Saluda River will remain in effect. Results were received today from a sample collected on Sunday, July 16 that shows E.Coli level at the discharge pipe in the river at 8.5 which is below the trigger of 349. The wastewater plant is still in normal operation mode; however, the plant has a large volume of stored wastewater to manage due to the plant upset. Therefore, the swimming advisory will remain in effect. Additional sampling was performed Monday, July 17, and observation of the plant will continue.
Below is a summary of operations over the past several days related to the Friarsgate Wastewater Treatment Plant:
DHEC continues to monitor the plant for demonstration of consistent operational performance which will be a determining factor as to when to lift the swimming advisory.
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